Kirby Cupcakes


Yield: ~8 Large cupcakes


  • Box of cake, muffin, or brownie mix (ideally pink colored mix)
  • Ingredients for mix
  • Combination of Wilton Cookie Icing and/or Wilton Decorating Icing (pink, red, black, white, blue), use whatever combination you have.
  • Small circle piping tip (optional)


  • large cupcake baking pan
  • Mixing bowl
  • Parchment paper (optional)

Let’s Make It!

  1. Bake the mix according to the directions.
  2. When done baking, let sit out for an hour until they cool.
  3. Take out cupcakes and place onto a flat surface or parchment paper. Level the top of the cupcakes flat using a sharp knife. This doesn’t need to be perfect as the frosting will cover imperfections.
  4. Apply a crumb coat using any frosting you wish. Do this by applying a thin layer of frosting on top. Don’t worry if the top of the frosting gets crumby, that’s the point!
  5. Refrigerate for 30-45 minutes.
  6. Cover the top of the cupcakes with the pink frosting as evenly as you can.
  7. Using the black icing, prepare ovals for the eyes and a smile/frown for the mouth. Note that Kirby’s eyes are fairly close together and barely reach the half point mark.
  8. Apply the red icing as the cheeks. These are about level/slightly lower than the bottom of his eyes.
  9. Refrigerate for 30-45 minutes (optional).
  10. On the top of his eyes, apply white icing ovals. These don’t reach to the halfway point of his eyes.
  11. On the bottom of his eyes, apply blue icing. These also don’t reach the halfway point of his eyes.
  12. Refrigerate 30 minutes to further harden.
  13. Take out of fridge and decorate as you like! Feel free to apply eyebrows, sprinkles, and other things. These can sit out at room temperature for several days.

Notes & Alternatives

  • Using a pink cake mix might be the best option, Kirby is pink after all!
  • A large baking pan allows more room to decorate.


  • Kirby came around in 1992 in Nintendo’s game, Kirby’s Dream Land released for the Game Boy. Ever since then, Kirby has been a mainstay character for Nintendo.
  • Kirby celebrated his 30th anniversary in 2022 which prompted me to make these cupcakes!
  • Kirby cupcakes, Kirb cakes, or are they Kirby kups?


Up-close picture of decorated cupcakes with frosting that resembles Kirby's face.
Up-close birds eye picture of a decorated cupcake with frosting that resembles Kirby's face.

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